Did anyone else think ‘Sharktopus’?

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It was the first thing that sprang to my mind, though that might be from the Ambush Predator talking about land sharks. But this place seems to have the world’s weirdest wildlife and most dangerous wildlife so why wouldn’t it have something that was weird and dangerous? Or rather something else that’s weird and dangerous since quite a few of the things living here that delight in human agony fall into both categories. So it’s almost disappointing that this is just a hybrid of two related species and neither all that weird or all that dangerous.

Researchers found 57 of the new sharks along 1200 miles of coastline between New South Wales and Queensland, saying the interbreeding may be a response to climate change or fishing patterns.
Like the two parent species, the common black-tip and the Australian black-tip, the new shark is not considered dangerous – and scientists say there is no risk of the hybrids leading to a Jaws-style “mega-shark”.

But to be honest there’s really not that much to worry about even if massive sharks were the result. We live on land and they live in the sea, so the answer’s pretty straightforward to anyone who’s worrying about it. What would be a real worry would be if someone is working on creating a different kind of hybrid, say CrocoRedback, a venom dripping scaly horrordile with five legs (I’m assuming hybridisation uses a simple average to determine things like number of limbs) that hides in your toilet and nips your hand with a poisonous bite as you lift the seat. And then tears your head off.

Frankly I’d be straight down the beach and take my chances with the sharks.

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Posted on January 4, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Just seen this at WUWT – where the media scaremongering regarding the “Climate Change” aspect is completely demolished. The story includes a link to the original report from the University of Queensland which has no mention of it…

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/04/australian-hybrid-fish-story-media-jumps-the-shark/#more-54168

    P.S. The “Click for linky” doesn’t seem to be working…

  2. “…a different kind of hybrid, say CrocoRedback…”

    Arf!

    “…that hides in your toilet and nips your hand…”

    Dunno about hybrids nipping hands, but I remember going for a dump after dark in the bush one time and squatting on top of a nest of bull ants.

    Fuck.

    Fuckfuckfuck. Ouch.

    Looking back, it must have been funny as fuck to watch, but I had painful lumps for weeks…

  3. Dr. Evil: You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have?
    Number Two: Sea Bass.
    Dr. Evil: [pause] Right.
    Number Two: They’re mutated sea bass.
    Dr. Evil: Are they ill tempered?
    Number Two: Absolutely.
    Dr. Evil: Oh well, that’s a start.

  4. Surely the most vicious creature in the Outback is the ‘comfort dog’…?

    I mean….WTF?!?

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